A small village primary school has received a resounding ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
Tilney St Lawrence Primary School, which has 68 pupils, was praised by inspectors for the progress pupils make in reading, writing and maths, the quality of teaching and pupils’ good behaviour.
The report said: “As a result of improvements in teaching, standards have risen over the past two years.”
Teaching was found to be good and the report said: “The skilled questioning of class teachers and teaching assistants ensures that pupils are encouraged to think deeply and develop their understanding.”
There was praise for the pupils, described by inspectors as ‘enthusiastic learners’. The report said: “Pupils behave well in class, in the playground and around the school.”
In order to improve further, more-able pupils need to be given tasks which are hard enough to ensure they make progress, and teachers need to assess progress during lessons more frequently so pupils can be moved on to new work as soon as they are ready.
The school is part of the Three Schools Federation along with Terrington St John and Walpole Highway Primary Schools.
Executive headteacher Jill Davis was praised by inspectors for providing strong leadership and management and inspectors said: “With the very good support of senior leaders, managers and the governing body this has brought about good improvement since the previous inspection.”
Miss Davis said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It is what we expected because staff have worked very hard to raise standards and the children are all focused on learning. The fact that we have made progress in all areas is what stands out.”